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Institutionalisation of Political Parties: Comparative Cases. Edited by Robert Harmel and Lars G. Svasand

Theory: Populism, Democracy and Autocracy

Political Theory
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Nauman Reayat
University of York
Panel Discussant
Mikyoung Kim
Emory University

08/09/2017 14:00 - 15:40
Building: BL20 Helga Engs hus Floor: Basement Room: HE U36
The concepts of democracy, populism and autocracy remained highly contested throughout the history of social science. These concepts do not develop in space rather they had background of theoretical debate and empirical research. This background of theoretical debates and research constructs a historical path. History influences evolution of most of the concept. While democracy underwent various waves of evolution to reach a multidimensional phenomenon, populism and autocracy also adopted new forms, kinds and nature. This panel comprises of papers related to the discussions relevant to democracy, autocracy and populism and how these concepts are related to each other. One of the paper is premising its argument on theoretical background of Empire and Multitude Populism and argues for the need to reformulate the populist left’s foundations as transnational political communities. Second paper while surveying theories of populism argue for crisis government of people-as-plebs to tackle a decades old problem of inequality. The paper ends with comparative analysis of Arendtian interpretation of totalitarianism with populism and authoritarianism. Third paper building its argument of discursive polarization as an outcome of historical politics of RiS conservative party of Poland. Fourth paper is proffering examination of populists’ attitudes towards democracy based on surveys from France and Netherland. The last paper while analyzing case study of far-right groups ois making reflections on use of narratives on political values and historical events by self-described extremists patriots in their engagement with the public.

Paper List

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Empire and Multitude Populism View Paper Details
Populism Contra Totalitarianism: Towards a Normative Theory of Populism View Paper Details
Radical 'Historical Politics' and its Impact on the Concept of Patriotism in Poland View Paper Details
Through the Eyes of the Populists: Populism vs. Democracy? View Paper Details
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